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YA Book Review: Angelbound by Christina Bauer

18459932Title: Angelbound ( Angelbound #1 )
Author: Christina Bauer
Expected publication: December 17th 2013 by Ink Monster LLC
Type: Paranormal, Fantasy
Source: NetGalley
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add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: Eighteen year old Myla Lewis is a girl who loves two things: kicking ass and kicking ass. She’s not your every day quasi-demon, half-demon and half-human, girl. For the past five years, Myla has lived for the days she gets to fight in Purgatory’s arena. When souls want a trial by combat for their right to enter heaven or hell, they go up against her, and she hasn’t lost a battle yet.

But as she starts her senior year at Purgatory High, the arena fights aren’t enough to keep her spirits up anymore. When the demons start to act weird, even for demons, and the King of the Demons, Armageddon, shows up at Myla’s school, she knows that things are changing and it’s not looking good for the quasi-demons. Myla starts to question everything, and doesn’t like the answers she finds. What happened seventeen years ago that turned the quasi-demons into slave labor? Why was her mom always so sad? And why won’t anyone tell her who her father is? Things heat up when Myla meets Lincoln, the High Prince of the Thrax, a super sexy half-human and half-angel demon hunter. But what’s a quasi-demon girl to do when she falls for a demon hunter? It’s a good thing that Myla’s not afraid of breaking a few rules. With a love worth fighting for, Myla’s going to shake up Purgatory.

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In the Bargaining of the story, Myla had my attention. She is sassy, and a bad ass wrapped in a bomb Shell. She lives to fight in the arena and has never lost a fight. Even tho i liked Myla’s character. I did find the beginning to drag on threw the story. I really wanted the story to get to the main plot of the story. Once the story gets up to speed, i really started to like the story a lot more. Trust me the story does get better.

Myla is a half-demon living in Purgatory, she fights Souls. If the soul win he/she is sent to hevan…and if they lose well they are sent to hell. Myla always wins the fight so you can guess where the souls end up. She also liked to kick demon butt. She is miss know it all when it comes to Demons and Fighting Skills.

I did like how the Love interest in the book wasn’t like love-in-first-sight. Myla first, dislikes him and then they slowly like each other. They pull a funny prank in the book that did have me on a giggle-fit.

Lincoln at first comes off like he dislikes the quasi’s but always kinda had his eye on Myla. He is also a Prince of a bunch of Demon Hunters that usually live on earth.

Of course the story does have it’s action but it wasn’t really that much detailed. The action in the book is usually cut short and it would have me really wanting more of the action. I would also loved more Zeke and Cezzy. I really felt like their story wasn’t told enough. I am hoping in the next book i will get more of them.

I did like the story. Specially towards the end ( when everything comes together and starts actually being a really good story ), but i didn’t really love the story as much as i would have liked. The book does have it’s little flaws but besides that it’s a good book. I can see some of my followers to really enjoy the story.

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YA Book Review: In Shadow of Magic by Alison Prince


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Author: Alison F. Prince
published: July 10th 2013 by Astraea Press
Type: Supernatural, Magic
Source: From the author for a honest review
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add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: Mandy McKinney lives the charmed life. She is beautiful, athletic, popular, dating the hottest jock in school, and certainly doesn’t have any time for her loser twin sister. But Mandy also has a secret. When the truth is unveiled, her world is twisted upside down, and her very life is at stake.

Mandy’s twin sister, Brianna, has never had any success in the dating department. When Brianna finally meets the guy of her dreams, it turns out that he has secrets of his own. Dangerous secrets. Just her luck.

The twins are about to be swept away into a world of beauty and power beyond their wildest imaginations where nothing is what is seems, danger is lurking in the shadows, and their only chance of survival is finding themselves, and each other, once again.

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My first thought when i seen the cover was ” She looks like Natalie Portman” when reading the book later on i couldn’t stop picturing her as Young Natalie Portman, and then i read the summery and thought the book sounded interesting and really want to read it, so i was happy to accept.

The story mainly surrounds the life of Two sisters who are twins. Mandy stronger then Brianna’s. Mandy uses her powers to look beautiful and fit in School. Bri on the other hand powers on very slim, She never uses her powers. She Hangs with the outcasts in there band.

In the beginning story you already start to dislike Mandy, and feel sorry for Bri. The more you read the story Mandy grows on you and you kinda start to understand her a little more. Mandy takes most of the spot light in the book. The whole plot pretty much surrounds Mandy. Her ” Who she thought ” Best friend is set on revenge and tricks Brianna to take Mandy’s powers away. Brianna has Mandy’s powers and starts to abuse them. Honestly the More the story got i really started to dislike Brianna. She believes pretty much anything someone tells her. She is very Gullible and then becomes the person she hates.

The more the story goes i would find myself annoyed with some characters and the story would drag on in some parts. The story in a way reminded me of Mean Girls. The unpopular set on ravage becomes the Popular and then loses control and everything become a huge Jungle of wild animals.

Now don’t get me wrong the book does have it’s good moments were you are sucked in and wanting more. More toward the end you get into a wider plot of other supernatural beings like: Vampires, Reborn’s and Etc. That had my attention. The story does get better. I really wish the ending wasn’t cut so short. I wanted more to the plot.

I was disappointing in the fact there wasn’t much of action as much as i would like. I really wanted less school drama and more of the supernatural life. I needed more fire in the story. I really tried to love the story but it just didn’t have a spark with me. Now the story wasn’t bad. The writing was really good. I really liked the ending. I do overall recommend the story.  I can see a lot of people liking the story.

Overall: I didn’t dislike the story and did grab my attention but i didn’t love the story.

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YA Book Review: The Knife Of Never Letting Go

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Title: The Knife of Never Letting Go ( Chaos Walking #1)
Author: Patrick Ness
Published: 2009 by Candlewick Press
Type: Science Fiction, Adventure, Dystopia
Source: Bought on B&N
Paperback, 479 pages

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Summery:Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him — something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn’t she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd’s gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.

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I been wanting to read this book for a while but was scared i wouldn’t enjoy it. I love dystopian books, but this one is different then most. I finally give up and said what the hell and bought the book, and i don’t regret. Reading this book has been a journey for me. I went threw stages of anger and sadness to the point the book left me in tears. The wording in this book is hard to follow along with at first but once you get into the book you just get used to it.

The story is full of action pack adventures. Lots of twist in turns to entertain everyone. Lots of moments that will shock you. I loved the whole concept of the story. Todd and like every men on the planet have the Noise. You can hear every thought. Todd and his dog are on the run after Todd found a rip of silence in the mess of noises. Well that silence happens to be a girl named Viola Eade. Todd always thought the germs that brought the noise killed all the women. But soon Todd learns that the truth has been hiding for him right under his nose.

The story was very intense and heart pumping for the most part. I was a little disappointed on the fact that wanted Todd and Viola to kiss or confess there love! it drove me crazy. there was lot of moments where i was like ” There gonna kiss i know it” but it never happens. The ending ends with a cliff hanger and i don’t think i am over it yet, but it might take me some time to recover….

I started reading this book last night and finished it in the morning…yes that’s right i haven’t slept because i got so zoned into this book i didn’t want to put it down until i finished it. I was a little shocked by how much i LOVED this book. I 100% recommend this book to everyone.  I had a lot of tears reading this book. but the tears was worth it. Can’t wait to read the 2nd book!

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YA Book Review: The Bar Code Tattoo

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Title: The Bar Code Tattoo ( Bar Code # 1 )

Author: Suzanne Weyn

Published:  2004 by Scholastic Paperbacks

Type: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Fantasy

Source: A Book Mooch Trade

Paperback, 256 pages

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Individuality vs. Conformity

Identity vs. Access

Freedom vs. Control

The bar code tattoo. Everybody’s getting it. It will make your life easier, they say. It will hook you in. It will become your identity.

But what if you say no? What if you don’t want to become a code? For Kayla, this one choice changes everything. She becomes an outcast in her high school. Dangerous things happen to her family. There’s no option but to run…for her life.

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My Review: I read about this book Threw Goodreads and thought it sounded really interesting. The story isn’t that far life to this reality of technology. most of everything that happens in this book could still possibly happened, shoot some things already happened.

It’s a great read to help prepare for the future. The book isn’t to far off in the future, the year is 2025. it is short of a dystopian read, which i loved about cause dystopians are my favorite reads.

A lot of people have the Bar Code Tattoo. The Bar Code is the new way to live. it has all you money and life in the bar code. They say you have the choice but soon Kayla finds out you don;t have a choice and you’re one stop closer in being controlled into slaves. Global-1 controls you, they have all your data.

Kayla is betrayed by who she thought was her boyfriend. She discovers that he work’s for them and has been tricking her to get the Bar Code. Kayla is on the run after her house goes up in flames and they blame her for her mothers death.

Lay;a falls in life with the only person she could trust a person who has been her friend. they start heading towards the resisters up in the mountains towards Canada.

I liked the whole concept of the story how close it was to reality, but still fictional. The story is just so close to reality Suzanne weyn really hit the mark on this one. i am huge in the what-ifs of things that could happened. now there are parts that are fictional, like Kayla having some kind of psychic ability seeing flashes of the futures  and other things.

it is a short read but a really funny stand-alone book. i read this book in a heartbeat. i wanted to know more about each characters in this book. i didn’t really liked the cover thought it was really boring. i didn’t really understood why she had the bar code on the cover because in the book she doesn’t get the bar code.

the ending left me confused and i hope the 2nd book is better to be honest. i just thought more towards the end the book was rushed and i couldn’t really grab on whats going on.

Overall: A fun read for all ages. could of been a little longer and not rushed. but i still recommend to any dystopian reader.

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YA Book Review: Angel Burn

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Title: Angel Burn ( Angel #1 )

Author: L.A Weatherly

Published: 2011 by Candlewick Press

Type: Paranormal, Angels, Fantasy

Paperback, 464 Pages

Source: Bought online

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Summery: Willow knows she’s different from other girls, and not just because she loves tinkering with cars. Willow has a gift. She can look into the future and know people’s dreams and hopes, their sorrows and regrets, just by touching them. She has no idea where this power comes from. But the assassin, Alex, does. Gorgeous, mysterious Alex knows more about Willow than Willow herself. He knows that her powers link to dark and dangerous forces, and that he’s one of the few humans left who can fight them. When Alex finds himself falling in love with his sworn enemy, he discovers that nothing is as it seems, least of all good and evil. In the first book in an action-packed, romantic trilogy, L..A. Weatherly sends readers on a thrill-ride of a road trip – and depicts the human race at the brink of a future as catastrophic as it is deceptively beautiful.

They’re out for your soul . . . and they don’t have heaven in mind.

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My Review:

I started reading this book because i won Angel Fever Arc, not thinking i was gonna win.
I told myself if i did win i was gonna buy the books so i did. I have heard amazing review for this series.
and being really surprised that i enjoyed this book so much. i like angel based books but i haven’t read one in a while that i just loved so much, and angel burn has proved to be an amazing read for any YA reader.

It is easy to follow along with. it’s not to much of a complex story. I thought the story felt more realistic
for theme. Some angel based story’s come out really cheesy and boring at times, but not Angel Burn. It’s has you gripping each page. A lot of action. I like how the author didn’t rush the love story in this book.  I really get annoyed when that kinda stuff is rushed like “i never meet you but i love you junk”, But in this story you got to watch them grow on each other from Hate ( not really hate but the best word i could think of at this moment)  to falling in love.
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The Angels in this book are not good like you would think a angel would be, no. Angel’s are down right scary in this book. They trick Humans into loving them and doing everything for them like a cult, while sucking there energy right from them making them ether insane or just sick.

Alex was sent to kill Willow by the CIA, Alex soon finds out that she is not just a Angel but Human, a Half breed. Instead of killing her he tries to save her from the CIA that was takeing over by the same thing his meant to kill…Angels. Now Alex’s job is to kill Angels, protecting Humans from them. but after finding out that the CIA has been corrupt he takes willow to New Mexico to what he thought was his last hope to saving her. The Angels wants Willow dead cause she is the answer to saving the world and destroying the Angels. Alex starts having feelings for Willow but tries to push away cause Willow is still part Angel, and his not really sure what to think about it.

The ending had me going ” What..WHAT” and then more whats. i remember screaming to myself going like ” NO THAT WASN’T SUPPOSED TO HAPPENS!” and then ” My poor baby Alex “. The ending has you gripping the pages from the suspense.

I got so zoned into L.A Weatherly’s writing, she really knows what the readers like. I highly recommend this book to anyone who love YA books. I think everyone will enjoy this.
It’s a great twist to the Normal Angel story’s out right now. So happy i got to chance to read this book and can’t wait to read the next book Angel Fire and My ARC Angel Fever. A lot of people say there aren’t much a fan of the covers but i really like them. I think the Cover is simple and eye catching for the people who like to judge a book by the cover ( Wink Wink* I know who you are ).

If you haven’t read this book, just pick it up and read it. You wont regret it, At-least i hope not. If you don’t like this book then please let me know why you did’t. The Book is pretty thick but not to thick, It’s 449 something pages long.

Overall: I Love this book and has become My favorite out of Angel type books. Beautifully done. YA fans will enjoy it.

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YA Book Review: Masquerade

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  • Title: Masquerade ( Blue Bloods #2 )
  • Author: Melissa De La Cruz
  • Published: 2007 By Hyperion Teen
  • Type: Vampires, Urban Fantasy, Supernatural
  • Paperback, 307 Pages
  • Source: Bookmooch Trade

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Summery: Schuyler Van Alen is starting to get more comfortable with her newfound vampire powers, but she still has many unanswered questions. A trip to Italy in search of her grandfather only serves to make things more confusing. What secrets are the leaders of The Committee hiding? Meanwhile, back in New York, preparations are feverishly underway for the famous Four Hundred Ball. In true Blue Blood fashion, the ball is totally fab, complete with masks-and hidden behind this masquerade is a revelation that will change the course of a young vampire’s destiny.

The thrilling sequel in Melissa de la Cruz’s vampire mythology has all the glamour, attitude, and vampire lore that made the first book a hit.

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My Review: Masquerade is the second book in the Blue Bloods Series. Blue Bloods are Vampires who live for decades but when they reach a certain time they regenerate into new cell body’s. Some blue bloods are archangels who chooses to be Blue Bloods. Schuyler is a new Blue Blood who is half human. There is different kinds of Vampires : Blue bloods and Sliver Bloods, Sliver Bloods are angels who fall from the heaven when they chooses to side with Lucifer himself. Sliver bloods are evil and the only ones who can kill a blue bloods. Humans are called Red bloods by the blue bloods, some Red bloods know about blue bloods and even help kept them secret from the rest of the human race.

The Book starts with Schuyler and Oliver who went to Italy to find her Grandfather after her Grandmother was killed by a sliver blood in the first book. She was Told that her Grandfather knew the secrets to fight the sliver bloods.

Schuyler has this old spirit feel about her. She is young but has this wisdom and beauty about her. She Loves jack but she also has a connection with Oliver. Schuyler has urges for blood and needs a human to be hers or she could be put in a coma like her mother, and the only to do so is with Oliver but it changes things between the two.

The Book does have a weird love triangle thing going on but it’s really complicated. The Book isn’t all about love. I liked how the book wasn’t all about the love triangle but more to what the story was about, fighting the sliver bloods and why. Masquerade still has all the supernatural Twist that you got in the first book, but more intense.

The ending was a crazy ride with lots of suppresses, and huge cliffhanger that left you wanting more. Fantastic read. I really wanted to find out more on whats gonna happen between Schuyler and Jack. I just want more.

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YA Book Review : The Raven Boys

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  • Title: The Raven Boys ( The Raven Cycle #1 )
  • Author: Maggie Stiefvater
  • Published: 2013 By Scholastic
  • Type: Fantasy, Mythology, Paranormal, Mistery
  • Sourse: Bought at store
  • Paperback, 416 Pages

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Summery: “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

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My Review: I am a huge fan of Maggie’s books, I love The Wolves of Mercy Falls Series, So when i found out she wrote another book series, i freaked out. So i finally bought the Raven Boys, About time right? The Raven Boys is a complate different story compared The Wolves of Mercy Falls.

There is a lot of mythology in this book, and awesome Paranormal Twist. We read about The Raven Boys from the all boy school and Blue who lives in house full of psychics, but she doesn’t have there powers, until one night her and her Aunt Neeve go visit the soon-to-be-dead spirits. Blue see a boy name Gansey, A raven boy at a Rich Snobby all boy school. She Discovers that Gansey and the raven boys are on a quest to find someone.

The Raven Boys is more complex story compared to other Maggie’s book, More detailed. In the Beginning the story is a little boring but once you keep reading it get better. The book isn’t in a one person point of view which i enjoy most.

I wouldn’t really say the book has a Love Triangle but kinda does, The raven boys has little romance and more of Adventure then anything. I liked how the story didn’t really focus on the romance like most YA books.

The ending will drive you crazy for more, i wouldn’t really say it was a cliff hanger but there is a lot of unanswered questions i had, that i hope get explained more in the 2nd book.

I really enjoyed the Raven Boys, Maggie was proven again that she is awesome. Can’t wait to read the second book in the Raven Cycle series. also really love the art on the cover it’s really awesome.

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